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Ex-Connacht hooker out of intensive care after suffering stroke

The 36-year-old remains under heavy sedation after doctors found a blood clot on his brain.

Ethienne Reynecke Reynecke during his Connacht days. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

ETHIENNE REYNECKE IS out of intensive care after suffering a stroke last week.

The former Connacht hooker was taken to a South African hospital in a critical condition on Thursday, due to a blood clot on his brain.

However, Sport 24 reports that 36-year-old Reynecke has left the ICU unit and he remains stable and under heavy sedation.

Doctors have reportedly been unable to operate due to swelling on his brain.

He spent two seasons at Connacht between 2011 and 2013 — making 44 appearances for the province.

Reynecke also enjoyed spells in Europe with Saracens and Pau before retiring in 2013. In more recent times, he has carved out a career as a rugby commentator with SuperSport in his homeland.

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